Terrorism, mass shooting, a mass murder – the shooting this weekend in Orlando was all of those things. I didn’t comment yesterday because I was on the road (from Florida to Georgia). I had time to reflect on the carnage, to reflect on where America is now, and to listen to the various talking heads. I learned a good deal about this attack though there is plenty more that needs explaining. Much will likely go unexplained.
One thing is certain: in addition to a terrorist attack and a mass murder, the shooting at the Pulse nightclub was a battle in a larger war. I dub it the Battle or Orlando (fought June 11 – 12, 2016). We lost that battle. We have lost almost all of these battles. The only exception I can think of is the failed attack on that cartoon convention in Texas (that one was obviously not well thought out – have two men go up against an army of angry and heavily armed Texans).
I, like any civilized man, am saddened by this terrible loss of life. The demographics of the victims in this case makes no difference to me; jihadis regularly attack any and all people. While I grieve like most I am not the least bit surprised by the event – I predicted it only a week ago.
“ISIS” is probably about as real as “al qaeda” – both likely joint CIA/Israeli/MI-6 projects. Just as Trump stirs up nationalism, patriotism, conservatism, etc., so ISIS stirs up the various and many radicals of the Islamic world. So it is that ISIS can herald June the “month of conquest and jihad” against the West. “…ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called on jihadists to ‘get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers…especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.’” It’s Ramadan but who knew we already had a caliphate?
There will be muslim terror attacks – there always are. But, they have less to do with the fiction of ISIS than with the incredible stupidity and tolerance of apparently suicidal westerners.
The attacks for the caliphate have already started … on June 3rd … in California … at a Donald Trump rally. The merger of fictions.
There will be attacks. There have been attacks. There will be more attacks. By the way, still no word on the arrest of Houdini the jihadi. He’s probably safe back in Minnesota planning his next attack. Battles are attacks in a war.
This problem is complex and long-standing but I have previously explained a way to stop the violence from continuing. It involves two steps: first, stop constantly bombing and otherwise meddling with crazy people abroad, and; second, stop importing these savages into our countries (and get rid of those already here). I’m watching Donald Trump speak right now in New Hampshire about the second part of the equation. He says he will fix that part. I say he will not. Not only that, he will probably make the first part worse.
The “other side” is jumping on the gun control angle. Ask the people of Paris how gun control protected them last fall.
No “solutions” from Washington will help as Washington has created the problems – the war – to begin with. To them, in reality, these are not problems, but opportunities. They see opportunities for more war with great profits for bankers, defense contractors, and bureaucrats. More war means more”refugees” to bring into the welfare state. This will mean more acts of terrorism which will serve to keep the system going in perpetuity (unless we all get killed along the way).
The war is real.
[Shooter Omar] Mateen called emergency services during the shooting and pledged allegiance to the leader of the militant Islamic State group, officials said. Mateen’s father said his son was not radicalized but indicated the gunman had strong anti-gay feelings. His ex-wife described him as mentally unstable and violent toward her.
Islamic State reiterated on Monday a claim of responsibility. “One of the Caliphate’s soldiers in America carried out a security invasion where he was able to enter a crusader gathering at a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando,” the group said in a broadcast on its Albayan Radio.
The group’s claim of responsibility does not mean it directed the attack, as it offered nothing to indicate coordination with the gunman.
As I said last weekend ISIS doesn’t have to coordinate anything because it doesn’t really exist. But the results of the fiction of ISIS are very real. Despite a lack of structure our enemies do not act alone in a vacuum. The odds are Omar had some sort of support from someone. The number of casualties in Orlando – from a gun attack – suggests there may have been accomplices who slipped away. Or it could just be that Omar was one of the best marksmen in history.
It is amazing that after any such incident, this one no different, the government and the media immediately have a solid picture of what happened and who did it. Fifty people are dead, more than fifty are wounded, and the identities of many are still being uncovered. However, it seems that everything was known instantly about Omar – who he was, where he’s from, how many times the FBI has investigated him, and how many training missions he undertook to Saudi Arabia. We know he previously scouted out Pulse along with Disney World. It’s almost like there was a ready script.
False flags come with scripts. Such attacks are designed to promote a political agenda and give cause for some sought-after political goal (war, spending, police state, etc.). I’m not sure the Battle of Orlando was a false flag. In fact, I’m not sure the elites even need those types of catalysts anymore; the system seems to be on autopilot at this point. Regardless, this battle, while another bloody loss for the American people, is another win for the power-mongers.
The news for the people gets worse and worse. The FBI recently disclosed a hit list of 8,000 ISIS targets, most of whom are American citizens. The list contains names, addresses, email addresses, and other information. We not only have a Caliphate to deal with but a “United Cyber Caliphate” as well. Presumably the list is available to free agents like Omar to use at their convenience.
How would one go about finding out if one’s name appears on the list? Can the government be trusted to disclose any threats from the list? Can the government provide any protection? Will it? Normally the government’s role is to instigate the violence and then clean up the aftermath in a manner sure to foster future violence. None of this is reassuring.
While waiting on the politicians to tell more lies and for the government to do more of the evil same, normal Americans and other Westerners might be wise to consider taking matters into their own hands. This might include training and carrying firearms. It might mean avoiding popular locations which might invite attacks. However, history shows that any place can be a target. And constant vigilance produces fatigue. A better alternative (or component part) may be to pressure the government to stop the lethal meddling and other insane policies. The state at a minimum should not be supported nor encouraged. Why support an organization that causes so many problems?
Maybe preemptive strikes (or retaliatory at this point?) are in order. If ISIS can be de-centralized yet effective, why can’t we? The sad thing is that the otherwise complicit government would crack down on such actions with a vengeance. They will not allow any interference in their plans.
Maybe there is no solution right now. As bad as things were at Pulse this weekend the saddest part will be the extreme rapidity with which most people will forget the whole affair. Remember the Battle of Orlando – one of long and growing number.